{Free Wallpaper} March ~ Springtime Flowers

March flower wallpaper - Beak Up Crafts

For me, March is all about spring flowers and bright pops of colour, so for this month’s free phone wallpaper I’ve gone flower crazy. I hope you like it!

While these flowers might not be officially ones you see in spring, I think it’s nice to think of warmer times so I hope you will give me a bit of artistic licence!

Spring flowers wallpaper - Beak Up Crafts

To download a free wallpaper for your phone please click here.

What does March mean to you?

Lots of springtime love,

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A New Venture – Wedding Bouquet Illustration

Bespoke wedding bouquet art - Kate Gardiner Designs

If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen a few posts about a new business idea that I’ve been mulling over for the past few days. It’s something that I’ve had in mind for a while but it wasn’t until I posted a picture of an illustration I had done of my wedding bouquet that I decided I should finally do something about it.

The picture was my daily post for #craftyaugust on Florals day, an Instagram challenge in which hundreds of crafters, artists and makers are posting a picture a day for the month of August. I was a bit nervous about sharing it because it was something quite personal, but the reception was so fab and it really gave me the confidence to try and make something happen.

So without further ado, here’s Kate Gardiner Designs, where you can commission a unique illustration of your wedding bouquet. There is also the option to have a custom made picture which is not as expensive as the bespoke option, where you can choose from a range of pretty pre-designed pictures and have them colour-matched to your wedding colours, or simply buy them as a gift for yourself or someone special.

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Bespoke1I would really appreciate it if you could check out my website and let me know what you think.

I hope you like my floral illustrations and if you are planning your wedding then CONGRATULATIONS! And congratulations too if you’re recently married! I hope you had a super amazing day.

Lots of wedding love,

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DIY Flowery Flip Flops

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Hello everyone,

So today’s post is another flower-filled summer fest following on from my floral hat top tips earlier in the week.

I don’t know about you, but once the sun hits the sky I pretty much live in flip flops. Sadly, my trusty old black pair took their final steps the other week, meaning I had to go and find a replacement. However, this time, rather than just leaving them plain I thought it would be nice to add a splash of colour and personalise them. What better for the job than a load of brightly-coloured mini roses!

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This is as really easy make and even with taking pictures it took me less than half an hour so if you want to jazz up your flip flops this is the tutorial for you!

What You Need:

  • Plain flip flops (I bought mine from Primark for £1!)
  • Superglue (please be careful and be sure to following the pack instructions)
  • Flat back plastic flowers (I used these)

How to:

  1. Make sure your flip flops are clean and dry. If you’re using a new pair you should be OK but if you’re brightening up an old pair give them a quick wipe down and dry them off.
  2. Decide which order you would like the flowers to go on the bar of your flip flops. You can either place them on the sandals (although they might fall off!) or on the floor, changing the order of the colours until you are happy.
  3. Using the superglue, put a tiny dot of glue on the back of the rose you want to go at the top of the V. Stick this one in place on one of the sides (not across the V as this won’t work) then work outwards, evenly spacing the flowers.
  4. Make sure you hold each flower in place for a few seconds to make sure it is stuck in place.
  5. Don’t forget you can always add more flowers at the end. I added an extra one on the outside part of the strap as this bit is longer than the bit that goes over the inside of your foot, if you know what I mean!
  6. Let the glue dry for a few hours.

And that’s it! You’re ready to go out and show off your new sandals to the world!

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I hope you liked this tutorial. I would love to hear if you’re thinking of giving it a go.

Lots of flowery love,

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How to: Three Ways to Decorate your hat with Flowers

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I know, I know, I’m such a cliche. Summer is well and truly here and quicker than you can say “pass the ice pops” I’m slapping on the factor 50 and searching for my very wide-brimmed hat.

You see, as a very pale-skinned English rose, as much as I would love to kick back with flowers in my hair and develop a golden brown tan, I simply can’t. Instead it takes pretty much everything in my power to stave off sunburn and if I’m as white in September as I was when summer started, I’m a very happy camper.

Still, if you’re like me and are a shade-seeker, it doesn’t mean that you can’t cover up in style. I’m obsessed with flowers at the moment – I mean, OBSESSED – and with Wayne and I going away to the seaside for a few days (more on this soon!) I decided to prettify a straw hat I bought a few years ago with some flowers.

So here are three easy ways to get your bloom on – and I’m not talking about picking flowers out of your neighbour’s garden (although if you are going to do that, make sure they don’t see you…)

The Easiest Way: Flowery Hair Clips

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You will need

  • A hat
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Ribbon
  • A pin
  • Flowery hair clips

The quickest and easiest way to pretty up your hat is with some ribbon and a couple of flowery hair clips. Yep, that’s it!

Simply measure the circumference of your hat with the ribbon, pin it, stitch it, slip it onto the hat and put the clips in place over the join.

Now you’re ready for the sun!

A Slightly Craftier Way: Felt Flowers

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You will need:

  • A hat
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Ribbon
  • A pin
  • Felt in two colours

This way involves you being a bit more crafty as there’s a bit more cutting and sewing, but not much.

As for the first method, measure and sew your ribbon band then put this to one side.

I then cut the flower shapes out of the felt freehand, although you could draw them on first if you’re not feeling confident. I cut some larger flowers and some slightly smaller ones to sit on top, and I mixed up the colours before stitching them in place with a small cross.

All that needs to be done then is to work out where you want the flowers on the ribbon and stitch them on, before sliding the ribbon onto your hat.

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The off you pop for some lounging in the sun dressed in your bright daisies!

The Slightly Trickier Way: Fabric Roses

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You will need:

  • A hat
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Ribbon
  • A pin
  • Fabric (3 inch strips, the length of a fat quarter, or 22 inches)

OK so this is the trickiest of the three, but I think it is the nicest. I hadn’t made any roses out of fabric before I decided to try it for this post and the first couple I tried were a bit *wonky* but if you try to keep it as tight as possible when you’re wrapping the fabric around you should find that they turn out OK. That’s my top tip.

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I learned how to make fabric roses by following this video:

How to Make Fabric Roses

Let’s break it down (and re-watch the video several times!)

  1. Fold your piece of fabric in half lengthways
  2. Fold the top corner to the bottom corner to make a folded triangle
  3. Turn in the end.
  4. Start tightly rolling the fabric.
  5. Turn the fabric as you go to create the petals
  6. When you reach the end, stick a pin in the bottom to hold it all in place
  7. Stitch the flower together, then stitch it to your ribbon
  8. Make some more!

(Obvs you will need to have measured your ribbon around your hat and stitched it in place as with the other two methods before you attach your flowers to it!)

So what do you think? I love the fabric roses, although that might be something to do with the ditsy floral fabric I used (which I’ve had lying around for ages so it’s nice to finally use it for something!)

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Fabric flowersDo you think you might have a go at making any flowers out of fabric? If you’re not putting them on a hat they would make a super cute brooch or you could even put them on a hair clip or hair band. I would love to hear your thoughts!

Lots of flowery love!

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Lace-covered Jars: Five ideas

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Hello and good morning!

I hope you are well this sunny Tuesday. Today I thought I would share a few ideas of the sort of things you can do with a simple yet beautiful lace-covered jam/mason jar.

Collecting jars and covering them with lace to use as pretty prop holders (think moustaches on sticks and that kind of thing) on mine and Wayne’s wedding day was a bit of DIY I really enjoyed. (If you want to see a step-by-step guide of how to create a removable lace sleeve for a glass jar, please look here).

But now the big day has gone it seems to be such a shame to throw them all away, so here are five ways to reuse these pretty pieces of wedding decor around your home.

1. As a small vase

I love flowers, especially after we had such sweet-smelling hyacinths and soft peach blush roses as part of our wedding flowers. Filling these glass jars with bright blooms was the first thing I did with them when we got back from honeymoon. I think they look chic in a very understated way.

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2 To hold all of your crochet/knitting bits and pieces

Anything to help keep my craft things organised gets a yes from me!

3 To hold bright-coloured pens

Why keep them hidden in a drawer when they can look so pretty on your desk!

4 As a candle holder

We used a few of the jars to hold tea light candles and had them dotted around the room in the evening of our wedding reception. They looked so pretty, flickering away in the low light, and they look equally lovely at home and are another great reminder of the day.

5 An alternative to a normal glassware at a party

It has been quite a trend for some time, but why not wash and re-use the jars to hold drinks at a summer party or BBQ? Add a pretty striped straw and some ice and you’re all set.

I hope these ideas have helped to inspire you. Do you use pretty glass jars as part of your decor?

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